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Prime Minister Of Burkina Faso Yacouba Izaac Zida Resigns Following RSP Tension

Prime Minister Of Burkina Faso Yacouba Izaac Zida Resigns Following RSP Tension

By Michelle FlorCruz* Yacouba Izaac Zida resigned Sunday as prime minister of the West African nation of Burkina Faso amid rising tension between the premier and the country’s presidential security regiment, the RSP. The resignation follows a year of turmoil after a civilian uprising ousted former President Blaise Compaore and left the country in the hands of a transitional government. Citing a local Burkinabe political source, Afrika TV reported Zida’s resignation threatens the viability of the country’s upcoming elections, which are slated … Read entire article »

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Twin bomb blasts kill dozens in central Nigeria

By Al Jazeera Twin bomb attacks have hit a crowded mosque and a restaurant in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing dozens, according to officials. At least 44 people were killed by the explosions on Sunday night, including at the Yantaya Mosque, home to Muslim religious leader Sani Yahaya, who preaches co-existence between Nigeria’s different religions. The attack targeted Yahaya as he was preaching, witnesses said. Gunmen started shooting sporadically and then there was a loud blast. “We saw two or three vehicles coming from different directions and we started hearing gunshots from all angles and then a very loud bang, like a bomb being thrown into the mosque,” said witness Abubakar Shehu. Yahaya was known to … Read entire article »

Africa’s Richest Man Explains Interest In Buying Arsenal

Africa’s Richest Man Explains Interest In Buying Arsenal

By Mfonobong Nsehe* Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by … Read entire article »

Prime Minister Of Burkina Faso Yacouba Izaac Zida Resigns Following RSP Tension

Prime Minister Of Burkina Faso Yacouba Izaac Zida Resigns Following RSP Tension

By Michelle FlorCruz* Yacouba Izaac Zida resigned Sunday as prime minister of the West African nation of Burkina Faso amid rising tension between the premier and the country’s presidential security regiment, the RSP. The resignation follows a year of turmoil after a civilian uprising ousted former President Blaise Compaore and left the country in the hands of a transitional government. Citing a local Burkinabe political … Read entire article »

Twin blasts hit central Nigerian city of Jos

By Al Jazeera Two blasts have hit the central Nigerian city of Jos hours after a suicide bomber attacked a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe, witnesses and police have said. A restaurant and a Muslim religious leader – who has disowned armed group Boko Haram – were targeted in two separate attacks, witnesses said on Sunday. Plateau State police spokesman Emmanuel Abuh confirmed there had been two attacks in Jos but had no further details immediately. “I saw people running out crying, some with bloodstains,” said resident Bashir Abdullahi, describing the scene after he said a suicide bomber ran into the crowded restaurant. “I believe many lives were lost.” The second attack targeted cleric Sani … Read entire article »

Several dead in suicide bombing at Nigerian church

By Al Jazeera A suicide bomber has attacked a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, in Yobe state, killing at least five worshippers, a police officer and witness have said. The bomber entered the uncompleted Redeemed Christian Church of God on Sunday, in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of the city, and detonated his explosives, killing the worshippers, including a woman and her two children as well as the pastor. “Four worshippers died instantly while the fifth victim gave up shortly after she was taken to hospital,” a police officer involved in the evacuation told the AFP news agency. “The victims included a woman and her two children, the pastor and another worshipper,” added … Read entire article »

Latest News July 5, 2015

news From All Africa South Africa: How History Textbooks Can Be Used to Build Childrens' Empathy [The Conversation Africa] In the 21 years since apartheid was scrapped in South Africa there has been a great deal of discussion about how the country can heal and progress. This is an often fraught conversation that is happening in many spaces – including school history classrooms. Kenya: Deputy President Ruto Ordered to Respond to Weston Hotel Suit [The Star] THE High Court yesterday directed Deputy President William Ruto to file his response within 45 days on how he acquired the Weston Hotel land. Egypt: Egypt's Army Kills 205 Militants in Sinai in Past 3 Days – Statement [Aswat Masriya] Cairo -Egypt’s armed forces killed … Read entire article »

How the women of Marikana are taking on the World Bank

By Greg Marinovich Word quickly spread across the sprawling Marikana mine and its adjoining shack lands that South African President Jacob Zuma was finally about to release the findings of a commission of inquiry into the police killing of 34 miners here in August 2012. Despite a court recommendation that the president give 48 hours’ notice so that families and survivors could prepare themselves, Zuma gave just a few hours’ warning. The families of the dead and survivors desperately tried to get off work early to find a place to watch the live television address. But recurring power outages meant that finding a working television set was no simple matter. So it was that dozens of men and … Read entire article »

Latest News July 4, 2015

news From All Africa Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Says VPs Consult Her, Hints At 'Takeover' [News24Wire] Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe could be once again perceived to be pushing for power when her husband dies or retires, after she made claims that she works closely with President Robert Mugabe’s two deputies. Africa: Forget G7, the World Needs New Alliance to Lead It in 21st Century [The Conversation Africa] After the Group of 7’s (G7) annual meeting in Germany – and with the world ready to adopt a new development agenda – it is crucial to ask whether the type of global leadership that has dominated the 20th century is fit for the challenges of the 21st. Africa: Poor Health Systems Hamper … Read entire article »

Nigeria president slams ”inhuman and barbaric’ attacks

By Al Jazeera The Nigerian president has condemned a fresh wave of violence in the country’s north, calling the attacks, blamed on Boko Haram, “inhuman and barbaric”. At least 160 people have been killed in attacks this week, including scores of men praying in mosques. On Friday night, fighters attacked villages on the outskirts of Maidiguru, capital of Borno State, as Muslims were breaking their Ramadan fast. Gunfire lasted for hours and the army said it had repelled the attackers. Earlier in the day, at least 11 men were dragged from their homes in the village of Miringa by Boko Haram and shot for escaping forced conscription by their group, residents said. “President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest … Read entire article »